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Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: SC directs TN to approach Governor for mercy

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The today asked the government to seek redressal and direction from the for its demand to release the convicts in the assassination case.

The two-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi, disposed of the petition filed by the Centre on government's proposal seeking an early release of the convicts.

On August 10, the Centre stated that the had rejected the proposal to release seven convicts. The affidavit from the central government came after the apex court asked the Centre to explain its take on Tamil Nadu's 2016 decision to acquit all seven convicts of the assassination.

In May 1991, was assassinated by a suspected (LTTE) suicide bomber, during an election rally in Sriperumbudur.

All seven - Nalini, Perarivalan, Murugan, Santhan, Robert Pious, Jayakumar and Ravichandran - were convicted in the case. All seven convicts are serving life terms and had been in jail for the last 27 years.

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First Published: Thu, September 06 2018. 19:50 IST